Re: Best time to do a cut out?
In this situation whenever you have time, but be prepared for it to take twice as long as you think.
For structure removals i generally calculate estimated number of hours for removal, plus add 1 hour for the unexpected, then start that amount of time before sunset. If all goes well and the queen is in a clip in the hive, most of the bees join her after dark. I then vacuum up any clustered stragglers that didnt get the memo about change of address, then move them to their new home after dark. When the hive is situated, I dump the bees in the vac into the hive.
But since they are already contained at your house in a box, get the queen caged and then go at your pace. It really doesn't matter when as long as the new hive is in the same location as the owl box. The returning bees will shift to the hive with the queen.
TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.